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Dire Predictions for 2019 N.L. Snow Crab Fishery

Above: David Greening Photo In a fishery that has been shrinking significantly over the last few years, the outlook for Newfoundland and Labrador snow crab might be worse than many were anticipating. Scientists with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently informed harvesters that the province’s valuable crab stocks are not in good shape at all. In fact, DFO is warning that 80 per cent of the snow crab in the waters off the province’s shores are now smaller than ...

Senate Report Calls for Sweeping Changes to Coast Guard

The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) should be made a separate statutory agency, reporting to the Minister of Transport. This was one of the major recommendations in a report by the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, entitled When Every Minute Counts. The Committee undertook its study on maritime search and rescue (SAR) because gaps had been identified over the past decade regarding coverage, capacity, prevention and governance. Canada’s maritime search and rescue workers ...

Opposition Mounting to Proposed N.S. Seismic Programs

The wheels have been set in motion for a proposed 10-year seismic project that covers basically the entire Scotian Shelf and the Scotian Slope. The plan involves an area extending from approximately 40 km from the southern coastline of Nova Scotia to 350 km offshore. The draft project description was filed with the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NSOPB) by Multiklient Invest AS (MKI), Oslo, Norway and TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company ASA (TGS), Houston, Texas, as the first ...

Uncertain Outlook for 3Ps Cod Stock

  FFAW Demands All Dragging be Halted in the Area Above: DFO research scientist, Karen Dwyer presents a technical session outlining the level of the groundfish stock off Newfoundland’s south coast. After several years of cautious optimism, the overall fate of Newfoundland and Labrador’s beleaguered groundfish stocks remain uncertain. Earlier this year, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced that the 2018 2J3KL stewardship fishery management approach ...

MPAs Continue to be Works in Progress

Without a doubt, marine protected areas (MPAs) will be a hot topic in 2019. The clock is ticking down to the 2020 deadline and commitment by the Canadian government to protecting 10 per cent of marine and coastal areas in the country as a signatory to the Convention on Biological Diversity. In the waters off Nova Scotia, two Areas of Interest (AOI) for marine protected area (MPA) designation under the Oceans Act have been proposed; the Fundian Channel-Browns Bank in the offshore and the ...

Market Outlook Positive for Southwest N.S. Lobster Fishery

Above: Seafood.com founder John Sackton gives an overview of market conditions, outlooks and trade issues during the SWNS Lobster Forum in Yarmouth on Sept. 19. Kathy Johnson photo There are positive indications for favourable lobster market conditions as fishermen in Southwestern Nova Scotia get ready to set their traps at the end of November. Healthy export markets, a strong U.S. economy, stable exchange rates and at least an average demand from processors are on the horizon for ...

Inshore Lobster Bycatch Monitoring Implemented in Southwestern Nova Scotia

Like it or lump it, regular at-sea data collection across all inshore lobster fishing areas (LFAs) in the Maritimes Region is being introduced by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). The monitoring will be starting this fall with LFAs 33, 34 and 35, possibly in the spring of 2019 for LFAs 27, 30, 31a, 31b and 32 and LFA 38b and at a later date to be determined for LFAs 36, 37 and 38. “The main purpose of at-sea data collection is to determine the occurrence of bycatch ...

Labour Board Dismisses FISH-NL Certification Application

Labour Group Pledges to Fight On The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) has stated it is not going away anytime soon. The fledgling labour organization announced this declaration despite the Oct. 1 decision by the NL Labour Relations Board decision to finally dismiss FISH-NL’s certification application. FISH-NL President Ryan Cleary told the CBC that the dismissal is not a blow but “an opportunity.” “The opportunity is to do ...

Right Whales Key Issue Discussed at Annual Lobster Forum

Above: Judith Maxwell, executive director of the Scotia Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association collects work sheets with feedback from fishermen on how industry should be involved in mitigation measures for the North Atlantic right whale during the third annual SWNS Lobster Forum in Yarmouth on September 19. Kathy Johnson photo There was no shortage of information for fishermen from LFAs 33, 34 and 35 to consider and discuss during the third annual SWNS Lobster Forum in Yarmouth on ...

World-Class Sea Cucumber Processing Technology on Display

The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries (NATI), together with the Town of St. Lawrence and Ocean Choice International, recently hosted the first in a series of NATI Innovation Days. The event demonstrated how technology and innovation is being embraced in traditional industries to modernize operations, increase competitiveness, expand markets and create greater economic opportunity for communities in Newfoundland and Labrador. The world is changing and so ...